Abuja - The Federal Government on Monday warned state governments involved in the registration and issuance of identity cards to members of other ethnic groups resident in their domains to stop forthwith.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Security Council summoned by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja to discuss the issue.
Ita Ekpeyong, the Director-General, State Security Service (SSS), and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.
Ekpeyong said that the council discussed the reactions that trailed the controversial exercise and concluded that it posed bigger threat to the country’s unity than the Boko Haram insurgency.
"The council discussed in details the issue of Nigerians being subjected to registration; being subjected to deportation and being subjected to being taken away from one part of the country to another.
The council discussed the reactions by some groups in Kano and other parts of the country.
"The council observed that this threat was more potent than Boko Haram and could disintegrate the country and we take this very seriously.
"The council resolved that the issue of registration of Nigerians anywhere in the country and deportation should stop forthwith".
The SSS boss warned security operatives in the affected states not to be involved as anyone found aiding and abetting such exercise would be severely dealt with.
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